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Certificate of Graduate Study in Global Health

Expand your knowledge and skills of international health challenges, environments, programs, and policies with an 18-credit hour certificate. This program is administered by the Arnold School’s Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. 

Why Study Global Health?

Clinical and public health professionals have an increasing need to understand health challenges, environments, and actions beyond local borders. A global health certificate also prepares students for international work. Complement your existing or in-progress degree with additional credentials.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll explore comparative health systems and policies, health care administration, finance and services, sociocultural perspectives on health, and health promotion programs that are sensitive to local context. You’ll explore pressing global health issues as well as the efforts to alleviate shortfalls through various methods of in-depth investigation and research.

Program Details 

Students pursuing the certificate must complete 18 credit hours of program coursework. Browse class offerings below and explore the academic bulletin.

  • HPEB 640: Behavioral Economics in Public Health
  • HPEB 772: Responding to Global Health Challenges 
  • ENHS 660: Concepts of Environmental Health Science

Population Health

Select three of the following:

  • HPEB 674: Social Networks, Social Capital, and Health
  • HPEB 748: Community Health Development
  • HPEB 820: Public Health Advocacy and Policy
  • EPID 701: Concepts and Methods of Epidemiology
  • EPID 749: Infectious Diseases Epidemiology


Environmental Health

Select three of the following:

  • ENHS 793: Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences
  • ENHS 592: Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Health
  • ENHS 661: Parasitology
  • ENHS 625: Medical Mycology


Food and Nutrition

Select three of the following:

  • HPEB 560: Cooking Up a Storm: Food, Globalization, Localization, and Health in the South
  • HPEB 620: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
  • EPID 763: Nutritional Epidemiology
  • EXSC 620: Nutrition and Immunology
  • HPEB 752: Nutrition and Public Health


Health Care Policy and Systems

Select three of the following:

  • HSPM 712: Health Economics
  • HSPM 726: Applied Public Health Law for Administrators
  • HSPM 730: Financing of Health Care
  • HSPM 724: Health Law
  • HSPM 772: International Health


How To Apply 

The certificate program has rolling admissions. Current USC students in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior apply by completing the Concurrent Enrollment form. Other applicants outside of the department or university must apply through The Graduate School. The application fee is waived for 2023-2024.

Admissions Requirements 

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.

Tuition and Fees

View tuition and fees through the Office of the Bursar. 

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